Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn"t have felt right accepting individual award for Olympics opening ceremony

'It's just not me': Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn't have felt right accepting individual award for the Olympics opening ceremony Boyle, 56, was in line for New Year Honours list for highly praised spectacle He said a cast of thousands helped create it, so accepting 'didn't feel right' Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance” class=”blkBorder” /> A performer playing the role of the Queen parachutes from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance The quintessentially British scenes saw the ceremony widely hailed a resounding success Actors perform in a sequence to represent the National Health Service (NHS) during the ceremony Trainspotting, a film about Edinburgh junkies, was one of Boyle’s earliest big-screen hits.

Lord Coe and other stars of the London 2012 Olympics collect awards from Buckingham Palace

Olympic honour for Seb (and co): London 2012 chief and other stars of the Games collect awards from Buckingham Palace , said he shared the award with his talented team at Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), volunteers and the enthusiastic British public. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: ‘It’s a lovely honour and I’m deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog, the most talented, focused people I’ve ever worked with – passionate people – but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line.’ Lord Coe was recently appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association and will now help to steer another generation of athletes in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics

"Mo is inspiring me to sort my life out": Olympic hero"s brother vows to change his ways after being arrested during London riots

'Mo is inspiring me to sort my life out': Olympic hero's brother vows to change his ways after being arrested during London riotsOmar Farah was jailed after the riots but his double gold medalist brother stood by himHe said while Mo was busy training for the Olympics, he was going off the rails, mixing with the wrong crowdsNow the star is now helping him to rebuild his life – where he won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles for Great Britain – had provided the inspiration for him to stay out of trouble with the police. He said the experience of being in the young offenders unit made him never want to go back, adding that he did not want to 'doss around and get in trouble with the police.' He said while Mo was busy training for the Olympics, he was going off the rails, mixing with the wrong crowds

2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion)

2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion) | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 Analysis: Michael Buerk believes 2012 was a proud year for Britain – despite a few low moments It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the mood changed and impossible, even in retrospect, to explain why. For me, it came when I was standing in the drizzle, six deep in a crowd massed at a corner of a Surrey lane, waiting for my first glimpse of the London Olympics. The rain stopped

Lego Maniacs! Thought Lego was for kids? Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with millions of little bricks

LEGOmaniacs! Thought Lego was for kids Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with their little bricks | UPDATED: 23:46 GMT, 27 December 2012 Every year for the past 20 years, secondary school teacher Michael Addis and his wife, Catherine, have built a giant Lego model in their living room.

Stefan Glaenzar: You"ve brought shame on Britain: What judge told multi-millionaire who assaulted female tourist on a train during the Olympics

You've brought shame on Britain: What judge told multi-millionaire who assaulted female tourist on a train during the Olympics Stefan Glaenzer was spared jail at Westminster Magistrates Court todayThe former chairman of Last.fm was banned from the UndergroundHe had pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a Central Line train | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 21 December 2012 A married internet tycoon brought ‘shame’ on this country by thrusting his groin into a female tourist on a train during the Olympics, a court heard. Stefan Glaenzer, 51, carried out the assault after travelling from station to station on the London Underground to ogle at women from behind.

How come you are still alive? British detectives" chilling question to Russian whistleblower heightens fears that his fellow dissident was…

How come you are still alive British detectives' chilling question to Russian whistleblower heightens fears that his fellow dissident was murdered | UPDATED: 02:06 GMT, 9 December 2012 Claims about the detectives' questioning were made in the blog by dissident Valery Morozov, pictured Police investigating the death of a Russian whistleblower have raised fears over the safety of another Russian who fled to Britain after falling out with President Putin’s government. The body of 44-year-old Alexander Perepilichny was found outside his home in Weybridge, Surrey, last month

Army given a 25-day Christmas break as thank you for the Olympics… and to try and cut its gas and electric bills

Army given a 25-day Christmas break as thank you for the Olympics… and to try and cut its gas and electric bills All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take 'block leave' from December 14 until January 7The decision means that all barracks and military sites will be closed for almost a month | UPDATED: 23:36 GMT, 2 December 2012 The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills.

Boris Johnson"s Bollywood jolly: After six-day trade visit to secure jobs in London, the Mayor is still best known in India for hanging from THAT…

After a six-day trade visit to secure jobs in London, Boris is still best known in India for hanging from THAT zipwireLondon Mayor Boris Johnson joined in a game of 23-a-side football with children from the slums of MumbaiHe visited to see the work of charity Magic Bus, which was set up by a British organisation By Matt Chorley and Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 06:40 GMT, 30 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 30 November 2012 He is supposed to be drumming up major foreign investment for London. But after a six-day photo-opportunity packed tour across India, Boris Johnson is still best known as the man who got stuck on a zipwire, according to one of the country’s top talk show hosts. Many people in India have not recognised the mop-haired Mayor at all, and some have mistaken him for tennis star Boris Becker and even the King of England